Posted on 3rd February 2014
A group of volunteer police cadets joined Safer Neighbourhood officers in parts of Shelton Lock to give crime prevention tips and kit to local residents.
The operation took place on Shelton Drive, Jubilee Road and adjoining streets and was organised after a rise in burglary and car crime in the area.
The cadets, led by PCs Laura Robins and Dave Keane, spoke to people about how they can improve their security.
They also offered to property mark valuables with specialist, police-approved kit, and urged people to register items for free on the secure database www.immobilise.com.
While the group were patrolling the area, they also checked parked vehicles and found several that were insecure or had valuables including sat navs clearly on display.
Car owners were spoken to about security and the simple steps they can take to stop their vehicles being targeted by thieves.
PC Robins said: “The response we had was fantastic and the uptake of people inviting the cadets in and taking the advice on board was very reassuring.
“It’s important that people are made aware of the security steps they can take and how those simple steps could prevent them becoming victims of crime.”
During the operation, which took place on the evening of Thursday, January 30, the team was joined by Brian Farthing from the local Neighbourhood Watch, who offered SmartWater kits to people interested in protecting their property.
To find out more, call your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101.